Reporting on the Provincetown International Film Festival

Chlotrudis members convened in Provincetown to help celebrate the 6th Annual Provincetown International Film Festival recently. Thirty-two dramatic features, twenty-six documentaries, and a host of shorts, parties and other special events competed with the lovely P-Town beaches offerring an outstanding array of films. More than 60 filmmakers attended the Festival in Provincetown June 16-20. Visit the Chlotrudis Film Festivals Review page to read about the P-Town festival!

HBO presented the audience awards at a closing night party on Sunday, June 13. Michael Mayer's A HOME AT THE END OF THE WORLD won for best narrative feature; Deb Ellis & Denis Mueller's "HOWARD ZINN: YOU CAN'T BE NEUTRAL ON A MOVING TRAIN won for best documentary feature; and Kerry Weldon's TRANSIT was picked as best short. Also in attendance was writer/director Jim Jarmusch who received Provincetown's Filmmaker on the Edge award.

Chlotrudis Mewsings Available to Public!

Mewsings, the quarterly, electronic newsletter published by the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film makes it's online debut with the first issue of it's third year. Mewsings has been available for members in its print form since its inception, but now it is available online for everyone! Find out the latest Film Festival reports from Chlotrudis members. Boston residents get a peak at what coming to their local indie theatres. Read interviews with up-and-coming indie filmmakers. See what Chlotrudis members are up to in other parts of the country. Read about the latest Chlotrudis events!

In this issue, read all about the 10th Annual Chlotrudis Awards Ceremony (there's a shot of the audience getting ready for the Awards Ceremony above, courtesy of Brandon Constant) as reported by editor-in-chief, Hilary Nieukirk . An in-depth wrap-up of the Independent Film Festival of Boston features input from several Chlotrudis members. Colorado member Howard Semones continues a new regular column, "Chlotrudis Country," with a look at the indie film scene in Denver.

Chlotrudis Mewsings is made available to members first, in the special "members" section of the website. Then two to three weeks later, the newsletter goes public. So if you want your Chlotrudis Mewsings hot-of-the-presses, stop by the membership page to find out what other terrific benefits membership provides.

In the meantime, check out vol. 3, issue 1 of Chlotrudis Mewsings! And when you're through, let us know what you think! We'd love to hear what you'd like to see in the next issue of Mewsings, or any questions you have about Chlotrudis, or the independent film world in general. Simply e-mail us at newsletter@chlotrudis.org. We'll even publish your letter in a future issue!

Check Out All the New Film Reviews!

There have been a flurry of new reviews posted by Chlotrudis members, thanks, in part, to the Provincetown International Film Festival, and just generally avid movie goers. Don't miss reviews of hot new films including Michael Moore's controversial FAHRENHEIT 9/11 and Michael Haneke's TIME OF THE WOLF (left), starring Chlotrudis Awards winner Isabelle Huppert. Other new reviews include Stephen Fry's BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS, THE CONTROL ROOM, DiG!, A HOME AT THE END OF THE WORLD, MEAN GIRLS, new thoughts on THE MOTHER, a belated look at THE SADDEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD, SAVED!, THIS SO-CALLED DISASTER, and WORD WARS.

Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round Up, June 24 - 30

Hello Film Lovers!

There are a couple of BIG Chlotrudis movies opening up this week, and we're lining them up for the next two Monday night events. First up, is one of the most talked about documentaries in years. After winning the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival, how could we not rush out to check out Michael Moore's latest film, FAHRENHEIT 9/11. Join us Monday night at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, 7:30 show for what is sure to be a crowded show. If you know you're coming, try to let me know in early... we may want to get our tickets in advance. More on that in the coming days...

Fahrenheit 9/11

Winner - Palme d'Or, Cannes Film Festival
Michael Moore is back, once again striking fear into the hearts of Republicans everywhere. After the almost shocking worldwide success of BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE, Moore now lines up George W. Bush and Co. firmly in his crosshairs and fires pointblank. The result, FAHRENHEIT 9/11, is a powerful, timely, and convincing assault on the family and friends who are currently at the reigns of America. The documentary opens with the contested presidential election in the year 2000, and moves on to the hot-button topic of September 11, 2001. Moore's ruthless criticism focuses on how American leaders have instilled an overriding climate of false fear since the terrorist attacks through the witch hunt spirit of the Patriot Act, the armed forces in Afghanistan, and a controversial "non-justified" war in Iraq. Moore makes no bones about it, his goal with FARENHEIT 9/11 is to topple the leadership of a "failed Texas oilman turned leader of the free world". But that alone isn't what made audiences explode into a 20 minute standing ovation during the film's premiere at Cannes - a reception that was also extended by festival judges who overwhelmingly voted the film for the Palme d'Or (and for the record, four of the nine jury members were American, including this year's jury president Quentin Tarantino). Moore is growing leaps and bounds as a filmmaker, and he drops his trademark zaniness in favor of an elegiac approach that is less funny, though still drenched in a thought-provoking irony that is ultimately more effective - and thoroughly entertaining.
"When I make a movie, it's a movie I'd like to see on a Friday night. I wanted to say something about post-9/11 in America: What's happened to us as a people. This time I was the straight man and Bush had all the jokes. And I hope it will influence people leaving the theatre, encourage them to be good citizens." - Michael Moore
For more on the film visit: michaelmoore.com
See the preview on-line at fahrenheit911.com

Here's an advance sneak preview for those who want to plan their Fourth of July weekend! Monday, July 5 we'll be catching TIME OF THE WOLF at the Brattle Theatre. TIME OF THE WOLF is the latest film by German filmmaker Michael Haneke, much lauded by Chlotrudis members for his film THE PIANO TEACHER, which one the Best Actress Award at the 9th Annual Chlotrudis Awards for Isabelle Huppert. Huppert also stars in TIME OF THE WOLF, so astute Chlotrudis members won't want to miss this!

Another film you may want to check out is this year's winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Provincetown International Film Festival, HOWARD ZINN: YOU CAN'T BE NEUTRAL ON A MOVING TRAIN. This one opens at the Coolidge on Friday. THE MOTHER has been getting rave reviews from Chlotrudis members, and it moves to Hollywood Hits in Danvers, MA on Friday for Chlotrudis members on the North Shore. Finally, a couple of smart and funny teen movies are making the rounds and doing quite well with both Chlotrudis members and the general public. Don't miss NAPOLEON DYNAMITE or SAVED!

See you at the movies!

Playing this week, June 24 - 30.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
This So-Called Disaster (Thu.)
Exclusive Area Premiere! Two Weeks Only!
From the Director of The Piano Teacher!

Time of the Wolf (starts Fri.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Fahrenheit 9/11 (starts Fri.)
The Story of the Weeping Camel
Super Size Me
Provincetown International Film Festival Audience Award Winner for Best Documentary!
Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train (starts Fri. - Howard Zinn in person Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.)
Word Wars (Thu.)
My Architect (Thu.)
Jackie Brown (Fri. & Sat)
D.J. Shadow: In Tune and On Time (Fri.)
Kung Fu
Dance of Death (Sat.)
Jazz in June!
Oscar Aleman: A Swinging Life with live pre-show jazz concert from Geoffrey Miller Trio

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
A is for Aldrich Westerns
Vera Cruz (Sat. & Sun.)
Ulzana's Raid (Sat. & Sun.)
B is for Backstage
Sweethearts (Mon. & Tue.)
The Boyfriend (Mon. & Tue.)
Contemporary Hollywood Cinema
Easy Rider
Shaft

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
The Mother (starts Fri.)
Saved (starts Fri.)
Coffee and Cigarettes (starts Fri.)
Control Room
Super Size Me
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring
Still We Believe: The Red Sox Movie
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Thu.)

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square, Cambridge
Frankie and Johnny Are Married (starts Fri.)
The Story of the Weeping Camel
Napoleon Dynamite
My Sister Maria (Thu.)
Saved
Control Room
The Twilight Samurai (Thu.)
The Mother

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
The Story of the Weeping Camel
Napoleon Dynamite
Control Room
The Mother
Super Size Me
Good Bye, Lenin! (Thu.)

Loews Theatres
Copley Place, Boston
Napoleon Dynamite (starts Fri.)
Two Brothers (starts Fri.)
Control Room
Super Size Me
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Coffee and Cigarettes (Thu.)
Still We Believe: The Boston Red Sox Movie (Thu.)

Harvard Square, Cambridge
Fahrenheit 9/11
Coffee and Cigarettes (Thu.)
Super Size Me

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Lost Boys of Sudan (Thu., Sat. & Sun.)
Thirst (Sat.)
French Nouveaux Cineastes
Since Otar Left (Thu. - Sun.)
Mon Idole (Thu. & Sun.)
A Piece of Sky (Wed.)
Hungarian Engagement
Hukkle (Thu. - Sat.)
Magbool (Fri. & Sun.)
Boston Jewish Film Festival Encore: Encore and More
Divan with a Good Uplift (Thu.)
Youth Film
Do It Your Damn Self!! National Youth Video and Film Festival (Sat. & Sun.)
New England Film Artists Present
Trouble in Paradise and Today I Vote for My Joey (Sun.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
Young Adam (starts Fri.)

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round Up, June 17 - 23

Hey Everyone!

This week's Chlotrudis movie of the week is a special treat fans of the stage. Join us at the Brattle Theatre for the exclusive area premiere of Michael Almereyda's THIS SO-CALLED DISASTER. This backstage look at the latest production of Sam Shepard's play "The Late Henry Moss," is an insightful look not only at the process of bringing a dramatic work to the stage, but of Shepard himself. The show starts at 7:30 p.m., and it's sure to be a fascinating documentary experience. Here's the Brattle's synopsis:

This So-Called Disaster

(2003) dir Michael Almereyda w/Sam Shepard, Nick Nolte, Sean Penn, James Gammon, T-Bone Burnett, Woody Harrelson, Cheech Marin, Anne Militello, Sheila Tousey

After appearing in Michael Almereyda's film version of HAMLET (in which he played The Ghost), Sam Shepard invited the filmmaker to document the staging of his most recent play, "The Late Henry Moss," when it premiered in San Francisco in the fall of 2000. Almereyda and a small crew were given access to rehearsals and preview performances leading into opening night, and the project evolved into something more intimate and multi-layered than a straight record of the play. Shepard speaks candidly about his father and his history in the theater in rare interview footage and the actors (including a mix of seasoned stage professionals and movie stars) are at their most vulnerable � working hard to wrap their minds and their talents around Shepard's sparse, meaningful language. The resulting documentary is a remarkable group portrait � a vivid look at masterful performers working their way through a process of creative discovery � as well as a pseudo-biographical examination of Shepard himself.

Other new releases worth catching include THE STORY OF THE WEEPING CAMEL, which has been winning raves, and recently played the Independent Film Festival of Boston. It opens this week at the Coolidge Corner Theatre and the Kendall Square Theatre. I'd love to hear about WORD WARS, so if anyone has caught that at the Coolidge, let me know how it is! How about HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN? We need a review up on the website, so if you're seen it, let us know what you thought?

No plans for Father's Day? Take Dad, or your friends, to see the Sing Along FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. This extravaganza is presented by the Boston Jewish Film Festival. This is your chance to belt out "Tradition" or "Matchmaker," so make the most of it! And if you're one of the few Chlotrudis members who haven't caught NAPOLEON DYNAMITE yet, don't miss it! This one had me in hysterics throughout the film. Here is what some Chlotrudis members have said about ths film:
Barbara says, "A good movie to see if you have had a bad day."
Chris says, "At first, I feared this was going to be quite the unbearably quirky and stilted film, but a really sweet, endearing (and yes, hilarious) story emerges."
Diane says, "Oh, it also had the best opening credits I've seen!"
Michael says, "The feel good movie of the year!"

See you at the movies!

Playing this week, June 10 - 16.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
The Complete Uncut, Undubbed Japanese Version!
50th Anniversary! New Translation & Subtitles!

Godzilla (Thu. - Sun.)
Exclusive Area Premiere!
This So-Called Disaster (starts Fri.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
The Story of the Weeping Camel (starts Fri.)
Coffee and Cigarettes (Thu.)
Super Size Me
Word Wars
My Architect
True Romance (Fri. & Sat)
Hip Hop Double Feature
Boston Beats and Rhymes & 5 Sides of a Coin with live performance by D-Tension (Fri.)
Kung Fu
Duel of the Masters (Sat.)
Boston Jewish Film Festival presents:
Sing Along Fiddler on the Roof
Jazz in June!
John Zorn: Bookshelf on Top of the Sky with live pre-show jazz concert from The Daniel Roshenthal Trio
Director's Cut
Morning Sun with director Carma Hinton present (Tue.)

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
No Screenings This Week

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
Control Room (starts Fri.)
Gloomy Sunday (starts Fri.)
Young Adam (Thu.)
Super Size Me
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring
Still We Believe: The Red Sox Movie
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square, Cambridge
My Sister Maria (starts Fri.)
The Story of the Weeping Camel (starts Fri.)
Napoleon Dynamite (starts Fri.)
Saved
Control Room
The Twilight Samurai
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Carandiru (Thu.)
The Five Obstructions (Thu.)
The Mother (Thu.)
Badassss! (Thu.)
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (Thu.)
Good Bye, Lenin! (Thu.)

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
Control Room (starts Fri.)
The Story of the Weeping Camel (starts Fri.)
The Mother
Super Size Me
Good Bye, Lenin!
Carandiru (Thu.)

Loews Theatres
Copley Place, Boston
Check Theatre for Listings

Harvard Square, Cambridge
Check Theatre for listings

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Lost Boys of Sudan (Thu., Sat. & Sun.)
French Nouveaux Cineastes
Since Otar Left (Thu., Sat. & Sun.)
Hungarian Engagement
Hukkle (Thu. - Sun.)
The Boston Jewish Film Festival: Encore and More
The Secret Passage (Thu. & Sun.)
Cinema Tropical
Un Osos Rojo (Fri. & Sat.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
Broken Wings (Thu.)
The Ladykillers (starts Fri.)

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

New Film Reviews Posted!

Chlotrudis members have been busy reviewing recent and not-as-recent films. We finally got a couple of reviews of GOOD BYE, LENIN! (left), which has been performing quite well at the theatres. I'm glad we can finally report on it. Also, a belated review (my fault) of CAVEDWELLER, The latest film by Lisa Cholodenko (HIGH ART, LAUREL CANYON) that played at the Tribeca Film Festival. Other reviews include BUKOWSKI: BORN INTO THIS, COFFEE & CIGARETTES, THE MOTHER, THE MUDGE BOY, MY ARCHITECT, and NOSEY PARKER.

Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round Up, June 10 - 16

Hey Everyone!

Several new films open this week, and I'm having trouble deciding which one to go see. I was hoping to catch WORD WARS, the documentary about Scrabble at the Coolidge, but there is no early evening show on Monday. So instead, we'll be seeing the 7:05 screening CONTROL ROOM at the Kendall Square Theatre, which Chlotrudis New York member Bruce Kingsley gave a rave review on the website. This doc was directed by Jehane Noujaim who scored a couple of years ago with STARTUP.COM. Check it out below...

Control Room

Is America radicalizing or stabilizing the Arab world? Award-winning filmmaker Jehane Noujaim (STARTUP.COM) provides a balanced view of Al-Jazeera's presentation of the second Iraq war, and in so doing calls into question many of the prevailing images and positions offered up by the U.S. news media. The film's view inside Al-Jazeera�a network branded "Osama bin Laden's mouthpiece" and subject of intense criticism from U.S. administration officials�suggests that its views on news reportage might actually be more in tune with democratic ideals than those of its Western counterparts.

Director: Jehane Noujaim

But there are many opportunities to catch some great films this week. The aforementioned WORD WARS at the Coolidge got high marks at the recent Independent Film Festival of Boston. The Brattle presents a week run of the Uncut, Undubbed, 50th Anniversary celebration of GODZILLA! There ain't no Raymond Burr in this new translation with subtitles. I hope I get to see it! SAVED got strong marks from most Chlotrudis members who caught it at the IFFB. You can read reviews of the films form the IFFB in the Chlotrudis Mewsings newsletter.

Meanwhile, many of us will be heading to sunny (we hope) Provincetown next week for the Provincetown International Film Festival! Come on down to P-Town where you'll find me, Scot, Chris, Rick, Beth, Ivy, Ned, Clinton, and who knows who else, rubbing shoulders with Jim Jarmusch, John Waters and lots more. Scot and I are particularly excited about the film A HOME AT THE END OF THE WORLD based on a novel by Michael Cunnigham. You'll be reading about it soon!

See you at the movies!

Playing this week, June 10 - 16.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Ozu: a Celebration
Tokyo Story (Thu.)
The Complete Uncut, Undubbed Japanese Version!
50th Anniversary! New Translation & Subtitles!

Godzilla (Fri. - Wed.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Coffee and Cigarettes
Super Size Me
Word Wars Starts Fri.
Pukp Fiction (Fri. & Sat)
All Kindsa Girls (Fri.)
Kung Fu
Taoism Drunkard (Sat.)
Jazz in June!
The Soundies with live pre-show jazz concert from The Layabouts
Boston Jewish Film Festival Encore
Hebrew Hammer (Wed.)

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Peter Lorre: A Sinister Centennial
The Maltese Falcon (Fri. & Sun.)
Beat the Devil (Fri. & Sun.)
Mask of Dimitrios (Sat.)
Three Strangers (Sat.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
Young Adam (starts Fri.)
Super Size Me
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring
Still We Believe: The Red Sox Movie
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square, Cambridge
Carandiru (starts Fri.)
The Five Obstructions
Saved
Control Room
The Twilight Samurai
The Mother
Badassss!
Bukowski: Born Into This (Thu.)
Love Me If You Dare (Thu.)
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Good Bye, Lenin!
Monty Python's Life of Brian (Thu.)

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
Carandiru (starts Fri.)
The Mother
Badassss! (Thu.)
Super Size Me
Good Bye, Lenin!

Loews Theatres
Copley Place, Boston
Strayed (starts Fri.)
A Slipping Down Life (Thu.)
Love Me If You Dare
Coffee and Cigarettes
Super Size Me
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Connie & Carla (Thu.)
Still We Believe: The Boston Red Sox Movie
The Passion of the Christ (Thu.)

Harvard Square, Cambridge
Valentin
Coffee and Cigarettes
Super Size Me

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Lost Boys of Sudan (Sat.)
French Nouveaux Cineastes
Since Otar Left (Thu. - Sat. & Wed.)
Mon Idole (Thu. & Sun.)
A Piece of Sky (Wed.)
Cinema India!
I Have Found It (Thu. & Sat.)
Magbool (Fri. & Sun.)
Boston Jewish Film Festival Encore: Encore and More
Metamorphosis (Thu. & Sun.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
The Big Animal (Thu.)
Broken Wings

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

CSIF Announces 5th Annual Short Film Festival Call for Entries!

The Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film is now accepting international submissions for their 5th Annual Short Film Festival to take place on November 1 & 2, 2004 in Brookline and Cambridge, MA. Films under twenty minutes in length, live-action, animated, narrative and documentary will be screened. Early deadline will be July 31, 2004, with a final deadline of August 31, 2004. For the complete list of guidelines for submissions and eligibility requirements, please visit the Short Film Festival page.

The 5th Annual Chlotrudis Short Film Festival expands this year into an additional venue. On Monday, November 1, films will be screened at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline, MA. On Tuesday, November 2, the festival expands across the river into the Brattle Theatre, Cambridge. Two awards will be given, one for best narrative short, another for best documentary short.

This year marks a change in season for the Film Festival. Previously held in February as a precursor to the annual Awards Ceremony, the Board of Directors decided to move the festival to the fall. Hilary Nieukirk, editor of the Chlotrudis newsletter, Mewsings, and newly appointed Program Director of the Short Film Festival, explains, "CSIF has two tentpole events during the year. Why sandwich them together? This way we have one big event in the spring, and another in the fall."

Chlotrudis Spotlight Shines on THIS LITTLE LIFE!

The Chlotrudis Spotlight shines on a little-seen British film from 2003 called THIS LITTLE LIFE. This profound, moving drama was considered by the lucky Chlotrudis members who were fortunate enough to see it as a contender for award consideration. Unfortunately, the film was never released theatrically in the United States, so was ineligible. Instead we decided to throw the Chlotrudis spotlight on THIS LITTLE LIFE and its first-time feature director Sarah Gavron. If you ever get a chance to see this outstanding film, you won't want to miss it.

Mewsings Goes Electronic

Mewsings, the official newsletter for the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, goes electronic with the June 2004 issue. Each quarterly issue features in-depth film festival reports from members, articles about and interviews with filmmakers in the independent film world, news on Chlotrudis happenings and members, and much more. Mewsings will be available exclusively to members on the website in our new "Members Only" section for its first two weeks of publication. After that, anyone can read the latest from the Chlotrudis newsroom.

To access the newsletter, simply click on the new "members" link in the menu to the right. Members will be prompted for their username and password which will give them access to the special members homepage. From this page you can view the newsletter. In the future, other members only news and information will appear on this page, including the annual voting ballot!

The newsletter is available via the website in pdf format. To read the newsletter, you will need to download Adobe Acrobat Reader (most computers come with this.) If you can't open the link, simply download Adobe Acrobat here: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html.

This month's newsletter is filled with exciting film festival reports, the next installment of our series: "Chlotrudis Country," a letter from Mewsings editor Hilary Nieukirk, and a terrific wrap-up of the 10th Annual Chlotrudis Awards Ceremony. Once more thanks to all our contributors, our editor Hilary Nieukirk, and Ron Yeany, who puts it all together.